It's not because I work for Microsoft. It's because I am not able to install Linux on my home machine.

[Waiting patiently for all the laughing to die...]

So far I've tried two different distros. Both of them died before the install process even started.

Gentoo 2004.0 Live CD freezes while trying to load the kernel from the CD. The gentoo kernel at least shows a nice bluish screen. The smp kernel just dies.

Fedora Core 2 blows up with an exception in Anaconda when it tries to load the packages. I am trying to install the Personal SKU (hm, what's the appropriate name in the Linux world?) on an extended partition.

To the Fedora's credit, Anaconda gave me a nice call stack and offered to write a dump to the floppy. The tester in me liked that a lot. On the other hand, I can imagine what my mother's reaction would be to that.

Btw, the machine is P4 HT @3.2 GHz, ASUS P4C800E-Deluxe mobo, ASUS Radeon 9800XT with 256MB, Seagate Baracuda HDD, Hauppage WinVPR 250 tuner, Windows Media Center remote control/receiver, Microsoft wireless keyboard and mouse, ActivCard smartcard reader. That's about it. Nothing too fancy or too alien on the hardware front.

Oh, well, I guess I am out of luck. I'll just have to give it a try in several months...